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The Bizarre Copyright Battle Over Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Plagiarism Today

For most people, the word Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious has exactly one context, the 1964 film Mary Poppins and the famous hybrid live action/animated scene that it was featured in. The word and the song that it titles has remained a part of our lexicon for nearly sixty years and, despite being a famous tongue-twister (so much so, it was featured in a recent Mental Floss episode on the topic ), has been on the tongues of generations.

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Facebook and Canada’s Online New Act: One More Problem for a Troubled – and Troubling – Company

Hugh Stephens Blog

As Bill C-18, the Online News Act, continues its step-by-step process through the Canadian Parliament, another shoe has dropped. Meta, Facebook’s parent company announced it will be laying off 13 percent of its global workforce (11,000 people) owing to two quarters of losses and a sinking share price.

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The Golden Ratio of Trademark Protection

Erik K Pelton

The following is an edited transcript of my video The Golden Ratio of Trademark Protection. We love sunflowers at Erik M Pelton & Associates as a symbol of growth and renewal, and tie that into trademark and brand protection. We’ve been using the phrase, Making Trademarks Bloom since 1999® and using sunflowers for at least 10 years in our marketing, and I recently learned about the golden ratio and sunflowers.

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“Anna’s Archive” Opens the Door to Z-Library and Other Pirate Libraries

TorrentFreak

When the file-sharing revolution hit the mainstream well over a decade ago, many site operators and users positioned ‘sharing’ as an ideology. This altruistic belief has started to fade in recent years. For most pirate sites and services, money is the main driver, with piracy as the means to that end. There are some notable exceptions of course, especially in the publishing industry where free access to knowledge is advocated by Sci-Hub, LibGen, and others.

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Software Composition Analysis: The New Armor for Your Cybersecurity

Speaker: Blackberry, OSS Consultants, & Revenera

Software is complex, which makes threats to the software supply chain more real every day. 64% of organizations have been impacted by a software supply chain attack and 60% of data breaches are due to unpatched software vulnerabilities. In the U.S. alone, cyber losses totaled $10.3 billion in 2022. All of these stats beg the question, “Do you know what’s in your software?

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Lessons from DeviantArt’s AI Debacle

Plagiarism Today

Last week, DeviantArt announced the launch of its new artificial intelligence (AI) art creation tool , DreamUp. However, that launch was not greeted the way that they had hoped. Rather than excitement, DeviantArt’s DreamUp was greeted with user backlash. Many users took to Twitter, in addition to forums on DeviantArt itself, to express their frustration and to condemn the new tool.

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The Biggest Change to Trademark Applications in Many Years

Erik K Pelton

Beginning in December 2022, the USPTO is implementing the most significant change to the trademark application process in many years. Listen for more details about the changes and their impacts on trademark applicants. For more about the trademark application process, see [link]. The post The Biggest Change to Trademark Applications in Many Years appeared first on Erik M Pelton & Associates, PLLC.

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U.S. Indicts Two Russians for Running the ‘Z-Library’ Piracy Ring

TorrentFreak

With nearly 12 million books, Z-Library advertised itself as the largest repositories of pirated books on the Internet. The site had millions of regular readers who found a wealth of free knowledge and entertainment at their fingertips. This reign ended abruptly two weeks ago when the U.S. Department of Justice seized its domain names as part of a criminal investigation.

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3 Count: Top Gun 2.5

Plagiarism Today

Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: ‘Top Gun: Maverick’ Copyright Suit Flies On As Paramount’s Motion To Dismiss Denied. First off today, Dominc Patten at Dedline reports that Paramount has failed in an early bid to get the lawsuit over Top Gun: Maverick dismissed as the judge ruled that such a dismissal at this point would be premature.

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Taking a skills-based approach to building the future workforce

McKinsey Operations

Our work with the Rework America Alliance highlights how a skills-based approach can help US employers expand talent pools and retain great workers—even through economic uncertainty.

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IPO Diversity in Innovation Toolkit

Women and diverse employees have the technical skill and knowledge, yet their contributions are not patented at the same rate as those of their male counterparts.This toolkit can help organizations move the needle on achieving gender parity in innovation.

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It’s Not Going to Be (Y)easy: What Happens when Business Collaborations Dissolve?

IPilogue

Katie Graham is an IPilogue Writer and a 2L JD Candidate at Osgoode Hall Law School. On October 25, 2022, following a string of antisemitic remarks and hate speech from Ye (formerly known as Kanye West) on social media, Adidas announced their decision to terminate their co-branding partnership with Ye and end production of all Yeezy branded products.

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YouTubers Must Pay $3.5m Damages For Uploading 10-Minute Movie Edits

TorrentFreak

Setting aside two hours to watch a movie can be a luxury these days, especially when the busiest among us claim they can guzzle 200 TikTok videos in much less than that. So-called ‘Fast Movie’ channels appear to offer some middle ground. Popular mainstream movies lasting a couple of hours are edited down to around 10 minutes and then uploaded to YouTube.

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3 Count: Unicolors Redux

Plagiarism Today

Have any suggestions for the 3 Count? Let me know via Twitter @plagiarismtoday. 1: Ninth Circuit Affirms Validity of Unicolors’ Copyright Registration on Remand, But H&M Scores Big on Remittitur Calculations. First off today, Steve Brachmann at IPWatchdog reports that the Ninth Circuit Court of appeals has affirmed the validity of Unicolors’ copyright registration but handed H&M a key victory when it comes to potential damages.

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Digital twins: Flying high, flexing fast

McKinsey Operations

Digital design and product development can provide new ways to solve complex problems. Getting implementation right means thoughtfully translating big ideas into boots on the ground.

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Board of Appeal case law against the description amendment requirement starts to mount up (T 2194/19)

The IPKat

It is almost a year since publication of T 1989/18 made waves in the European patent community with its finding that the requirement to amend the description in line with the claims lacked legal basis. Since T 1989/18 we have had a number of Board of Appeal decisions on both sides, finding either legal basis or a lack of legal basis for the description amendment requirement.

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Man Used Stolen Netflix Credentials to Acquire Content For Torrent Site

TorrentFreak

As part of a campaign against torrent sites in Denmark, local anti-piracy group Rights Alliance (Rettigheds Alliancen) targeted several members-only torrent trackers. Early November 2021, the Public Prosecutor for Special Economic and International Crime (SØIK) announced that six people had been arrested following criminal referrals by Rights Alliance.

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Prosecution Delays and Patent Term Adjustment on the Rise Again

Patently-O

by Dennis Crouch. In the standard case, a US utility patent will expire 20 years from its effective filing date. But, there are several circumstances that might alter the patent term. As a consequence, only a minority of patents fit the standard. One circumstance involves unduly delayed patent prosecution that results in “patent term adjustment” or PTA under 35 U.S.C. 154(b).

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Five trends to watch in the edtech industry

McKinsey Operations

The adult edtech sector is evolving as quickly as it is growing. Significant changes are taking place in M&A opportunities, geographic hotspots, user demands, and the enterprise market.

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[Guest post] French ruling on transposition of the principle of appropriate and proportionate remuneration

The IPKat

The IPKat is pleased to host this guest contribution by Katfriend Ludovico Bossi (Tavella Studio di Avvocati) on yesterday’s decision of the French Council of State, which found the French transposition of Article 18 of the DSM Directive [IPKat posts here ] … inappropriate. Here’s what Ludovico writes: French ruling on transposition of the principle of appropriate and proportionate remuneration by Ludovico Bossi Yesterday, by Decision n° 454477 , the French Conseil d’État stated that Directive (

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ACE Takes Aim at 9anime, Soap2day, Flixtor & Other High-Profile Piracy Targets

TorrentFreak

There’s no denying the many victories of the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment ( ACE ) over the past few years. The anti-piracy group, which represents the major Hollywood studios and other prominent rightsholders such as Apple, BBC, Canal+, Sky, and Netflix, systematically hunts down key piracy players. ACE is well-connected with law enforcement agencies worldwide and continues to expand with the addition of new members.

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Regeneron Files Amicus Brief in Support of CVC and Reversal in Interference No. 106,115*

JD Supra Law

Biotechnology company Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. filed an amicus curiae brief at the Federal Circuit in support of the appeal by Junior Party the University of California/Berkeley, the University of Vienna, and Emmanuelle Charpentier (collectively, "CVC") of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board's decision to award priority to Broad Institute, Harvard University, and MIT (collectively, "Broad") as Senior Party for claims reciting eukaryotic embodiments of CRISPR-Cas9 (see "PTAB Grants Priority.

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What matters most? Six priorities for CEOs in turbulent times

McKinsey Operations

With economic troubles mounting, it’s a time to tighten belts and put on hard hats. But don’t forget the jet pack, to accelerate into the next phase of growth.

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Registering a trade mark even if you think that copyright is for losers? Not bad faith, says (finally) EUIPO BoA

The IPKat

Banksy's Laugh Now But One Day We’ll Be In Charge A while ago The IPKat reported [ here and here ] on a string of cancellations of elusive artist Banksy ’s EU trade mark (EUTM) registrations relating to some of their best-known artworks. The reason? Among other things, that such registrations would have been made in bad faith in accordance with Article 59(1)(b) EUTMR.

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U.S. Registrars Failed to Disable Pirate Site Domains, Judge Orders Action

TorrentFreak

India began blocking websites in the late 1990s and even today sites are blocked with no explanation. Just this week, VLC’s website was unblocked by ISPs after months in the dark but why it was blocked at all remains a mystery. For at least the last decade , India’s courts have also authorized injunctions that compel local ISPs to block domains linked to alleged copyright infringement.

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Workshop on Patent Opposition in the Pharmaceutical Field [Kochi, December 4-8]

SpicyIP

We are pleased to inform you that the Inter-University Centre for IPR Studies (IUCIPRS), Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT), and Third World Network are organizing a workshop on ‘Patent Oppositions in the Pharmaceutical Field’ from December 4- 8, 2022 in Kochi, Kerala. The deadline for applications is November 19, 2022. There are no registration fees and travel plus accommodation will be arranged by the organizers through scholarships.

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Becoming indispensable: Moving past e-commerce to NeXT commerce

McKinsey Operations

A successful transition to the next horizon of digital commerce requires companies to get real about being customer first and make some hard choices.

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Trademark Battle Between Restaurant and Man Who Wants 1.5 Million Dollars

IPilogue

Alice Xie is an IPilogue Writer and a 1L JD Candidate at University of Western Ontario’s Faculty of Law. Can you file a trademark application for a restaurant and proceed to demand 1.5 million dollars to sell that mark? The May 2022 Federal Court of Canada decision, Beijing Judian Restaurant Co. Ltd v Meng (“ Judian ”), finds you cannot because the application would be filed in bad faith.

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VPN Restrictions Are Problematic, App Association Tells U.S. Government

TorrentFreak

VPNs are valuable tools for people who want to access the Internet securely and with decent privacy. These services are vital for whistleblowers, activists, and citizens rebelling against Government oppression. The latter has become clear once again in recent months, with Iran pulling out all the stops to block VPN services that dare to offer protesters a window to the rest of the world.

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Artificial Intelligence Patenting: Top Challenges and Key Considerations

JD Supra Law

In this blog, we consider the challenges in patenting artificial intelligence (AI) and the key considerations companies should make when drafting strong AI patent applications.

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Starting strong: Making your CEO transition a catalyst for renewal

McKinsey Operations

The best CEOs use the first six to 12 months of their tenure as a moment of great personal transition and institutional renewal. There are four keys to success.

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